Eleven friends and I once sponsored a local artist by each contributing $100.00 per month to create for him a $1200.00 monthly stipend. Our goal was to enable a gifted painter to work on his art instead of washing dishes to pay rent and family expenses. In return, the artist granted each of us four pieces of his work per year - one piece per quarter. I still enjoy the work selected for me from his portfolio, but I was always mindful of his struggle to make ends meet and to gain acceptance from often arrogant and unsympathetic art critics. This poster was inspired by his story.